Word of the day


Amain – with all one’s might; at full speed; in great haste; suddenly;  with full force; forcefully; vigorously; greatly, to a high degree; excessively.

Sowell says


Rural round-up


Saving livestock and saving lives – Peter Burke:

With $1 million now behind them, Hawkes Bay Rural Advisory Group is working to get as many farmers and livestock through winter as possible.

“We’ve got to get every farmer through the winter and save as much stock as possible.” That’s what chair of the Hawkes Bay Rural Advisory Group (RAG), Lochie MacGillivray, told Rural News.

MacGillivray’s been tasked with dispensing the recently established $1 million special mayoral and government fund set up to pay for transporting much-needed stock feed to the drought-stricken region. . .


Wairarapa farmers determined to win over Kiwis with love of wool – James Fyfe:

Auckland-born Kate Tosswill never imagined she’d end up living on a farm in the Wairarapa.

Now, not only is she loving the rural life, but she’s determined to prove she can overcome the odds and help Kiwis fall in love with wool again.

Tosswill, who lives with her husband and two young children on the Bagshot Farm 20 minutes from Masterton, is on a mission to breathe life back into the classic fibre that was once so important to the country’s economy. . .

Three new faces for Dairy Women’s Network board:

The Dairy Women’s Network will have three new faces when its board meets on Friday.

Fonterra Dairy Woman of the year 2019 Trish Rankin, Dairy Women’s Network Business Group Director Rachel Haskew and Chief Executive of iwi-owned Pouarua Farms Jenna Smith will all bring valuable varied skills and experiences, Dairy Women’s Network Trust Board Chair Karen Forlong said.

“They all have taken different paths which have led them to our board table that adds the diversity we need. They will bring an abundance of new thought and enthusiasm that links to present opportunities and challenges within Dairy.” . .

Export meat prices fall from recent highs:

Export prices for meat, including lamb and beef, fell in the March 2020 quarter, from record levels at the end of 2019, Stats NZ said today.

“The fall in export prices coincided with the COVID-19 outbreak, which was declared a global pandemic in March 2020,” business prices delivery manager Geoff Wong said.

“The COVID-19 outbreak affected demand in export markets and disrupted supply chains, such as sea and air freight. . .

Red meat exports holding despite COvid-19 disruptions:

The monthly value of New Zealand red meat and co-product exports for April was largely unchanged from the same month last year despite COVID-19, according to an analysis by the Meat Industry Association (MIA).

New Zealand exported $859 million of lamb, mutton, beef and co-products in the month of April. While the overall value of exports was broadly similar compared to April 2019, there were changes to some major markets due to the impact of COVID-19.

Total exports to the United Kingdom were down 27 per cent to $39.6 million compared to last April and down 30 per cent to Germany ($22 million). . .

Dairy farmers say yes to milk solids levy:

Levy paying dairy farmers have voted to continue the sector’s milksolids levy.

The one in six-year milksolids levy vote closed on May 30, with provisional results showing 57 percent of the 11,747 levy paying dairy farmers voted – and of those who voted, 69 percent voted ‘yes’ to continuing the levy.

Weighting the vote by milksolids production shows even greater representation and support for the levy, with this year’s votes equating to a 67 percent farmer vote and 74 percent voting ‘yes’. . . 


Missing real misdeed


The Teaching Council is considering complaints made about an Auckland teacher who wore a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat to the protest against the murder of George Floyd.

Wearing the hat was an error of judgement but it is not something about which the Teaching Council should be concerned.

Political opinion and the expression of it doesn’t break any laws, whether or not anyone agrees with it.

But the council and those showing outrage are missing the real misdeed – breaking the level 2 alert rules by taking part in a gathering of more than 100 people and not observing social distancing.

We all had to endure four weeks of level 4 lockdown, then we were only slightly less constrained in what we could do and where and with whom we could do it at level 3 before we moved to alert level 2 with quite a bit more freedom.

That freedom did not however, allow many businesses to operate at full capacity, and some still can’t open at all.

The reason for all this, we were repeatedly told, was to keep us all safe from Covid-19.

Then came the announcements of protest marches. In contrast to all the instructions of keeping to the rules in observing Anzac Day there wasn’t a single official word deterring people from congregating in large numbers or encouraging safer ways to protest.

The teacher chose to march with thousands of strangers, anyone of whom could have been carrying Covid-19 which he could have contracted and then passed on to staff and pupils at his school. He also provided a very bad example of rule breaking to his pupils and that is something which his school and the Council could rightly consider complaints about that.

That people are laying complaints about his politics but no-one has raised so much as an eyebrow at breaking the alert level rules isn’t surprising.

After all if no-one official spoke out against the protest marches before they happened, and the police didn’t act because they didn’t want to create tension; it’s not hard to see why someone might think wearing a MAGA hat is far more a misdeed than being at the protest at all.

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